Al Akhawayn’s Renewable Initiatives Focus of Visit by Professor Blunier of France’s Belfort-Montbeliard University of Technology


Ifrane, March 24, 2011 – Professor Benjamin Blunier, Coordinator of the Energy and Environment track at Belfort-Montbeliard University of Technology (UTBM) in France, visited Al Akhawayn University from March 23-24, 2011. Blunier explored Al Akhawayn’s renewable energy infrastructure, including wind and solar projects, and its academic programs, while preparing for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Universities focusing on education and research in a variety of renewable energy fields.

Blunier met with Al Akhawayn President Driss Ouaouicha, as well as with Dean of the Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering Ahmed Legrouri and Director of the Center for Learning Technologies Hassan Darhmaoui. Additional working sessions with physics and engineering professors Asma Khaldoun and Khalid Loudiyi deepened discussions about enhancing existing collaboration in renewable energies between the two institutions. Blunier’s visit builds on previous visits by UTBM’s Vice President for Research Affairs Professor Abdellatif Miraoui, who helped Al Akhawayn develop its masters degree program in Sustainable Energy Management.


Among the activities envisioned in future joint programs are instruction by Professor Blunier in graduate courses offered at Al Akhawayn; visits of Al Akhawayn faculty to UTBM for experience-sharing and joint research; co-supervision of masters degree student projects; and student exchange, which is expected to be highly productive given the excellent synergies between masters-level courses offered at Al Akhawayn and UTBM in the fields of renewable energy and management. 

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is a national leader in the development of sustainable energy expertise and technology, and recently launched a new masters degree program in Sustainable Energy Management through its School of Business Administration. For more information, please visit